More than 150 people from Lancashire’s flourishing recovery movement celebrated their 7th annual campout at Salus Withnell Hall.
Attendees at LUFStock18 enjoyed lots of fun activities in the grounds of the one of the north west’s leading drug and alcohol detox and rehab centres.
Events included football coaching, games, songs and storytelling around the campfire – and a special performance from the Fallen Angels Dance Theatre.
The power of recovery
Qualified football coach, barbeque chef and CAIS director of residential services Leon Marsh said the team at Salus were thrilled to host the event alongside partners from the Lancashire User Forum and Red Rose Recovery.
“We were really pleased to play a small part in such a big statement of the power of recovery, right here in our own grounds,” Leon said.
“Everyone involved in the organisation of this fantastic event, and everyone who attended, shared the common goal of celebrating and enjoying recovery – and that’s what made the weekend so special.
“It’s often the simple things which make the biggest difference – so it was great to hear the buzz and excitement of children toasting marshmallows around the campfire. And it’s been wonderful to have such great feedback from many of those who attended.”
Supporting the Lancashire recovery community
Campers were also offered free blood-borne virus testing, naloxone training, and naloxone kits to take away thanks to the support of our colleagues at CGL Inspire.
The annual campout is a grassroots event, and offers an inclusive space for people in the recovery community, their families, and others interested in or affected by addiction to connect.
“This was true co-production in action – combining people with experience of substance misuse, their families and loved ones, recovery services, public health, and the third sector in visible and infectious recovery,” Leon said. “It really was a privilege to be part of the weekend.
“Salus Withnell Hall is committed to supporting the recovery community in Lancashire, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Lancashire User Forum, Red Rose Recovery and other partners in the weeks, months and years ahead.”